Linda Hampsten


Qualified chef with 20+ years of cooking experience. Exceptional references.
Inspirational chef with a talent towards Mediterranean cooking. Passionate about menu planning, entertaining and teaching. Adept at menu planning and execution of events from intimate parties to large full scale events. History of successful participation in all areas of entertaining, including fundraising and corporate events.

Areas of Expertise

*Menu Planning
*Event Design
*Creative Cooking and Entertaining
*Private Family Chef
*Wine and Cooking Travel Tours
* Kids Can Cook Camps
*Wine and Olive Oil Tastings

Professional Experience

6 years private chef Dalbey family Boulder, Co
5 years private chef Dubofsky family Boulder, Co
4 years private chef Belinda Hall Boulder, CO
9 years private chef, clients Jane Goodall (see Jane’s book Food for Thought) and actor Michael York, Blue Sky Bridge, Colorado Music Festival, University of Denver Law School, University of Colorado
BVSD After School Cooking Program Flatirons Elementary School
Kids Can Cook Camps

La Cucina Mia Cooking and Wine Tours of Tuscany (
Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy

Cinghiale Cycling and Cooking Tours
Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy

Traveling and living between Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium and England I was able to put my foot in the door at many great kitchens from hotels on the Cote d Azur to precious vineyards in Tuscany and mountain chalets in Switzerland. Being able to spend time learning in the kitchens of various chefs and vintners while racing my mountain bike in between was a huge part of my culinary education as well as giving me opportunities to entertain internationally!

Heart and Hand Catering

Culinary Training
My mother Theresa Lillian Grochala
Immediate family of 30 Polish and Slovak aunts and uncles and grandparents
Apprenticing with chefs in Italy, France, Switzerland between 1990 and 2001

BFA Studio Arts/Art History University of Colorado in Boulder


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